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West Germany considered pumping swimmers full of air

29 October 2013

When professor Gerhard Treutlein from Heidelberg University wants to get young people to discuss doping and the rights of athletes, he tells a true and quite disturbing story from the 1970s in West Germany. At that time, it was...[more]


Gerhard Treutlein, professor at Heidelberg University talks at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Pound points to lack of incentives to catch drug cheats

28 October 2013

The fight against drugs in sport is being severely hampered by a lack of willpower on the part of sport organisations and national governments, veteran IOC anti-doping enforcer Dick Pound told the Play the Game 2013...[more]


Former WADA President Dick Pound warned that national sports associations have little incentive to catch drug cheats. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


New report maps massive doping abuse in Dutch cycling’s past

19 June 2013

New report from Dutch anti-doping commission has investigated the doping culture in Dutch cycling and argues that up to 95 % of Dutch cyclist used doping during the EPO-years in the late 1990s. Through interviews, the commission...[more]


The crisis in cycling has made the Dutch bank Rabobank give up its position as the leading cycling sponsor, writes a new report on doping in Dutch cycling. Photo: jimgrant/Flickr


The winding road towards a new World Anti-Doping Code

08 January 2013

The sanction length and criteria for the prohibited substance list will be in the centre of discussions in the lead up to the adoption of a new World Anti-Doping Code later this year, David Howman, Director General of WADA,...[more]


David Howman speaking at Play the Game 2009. Photo (c) Jens Astrup/Play the Game


“The Armstrong case has given people a significant jolt”

07 January 2013

Last year’s Armstrong case shows that science alone cannot solve the doping problem in sport. Anti-doping organisations must put more focus on gathering evidence, David Howman urges in this first part of an extensive Play the...[more]


WADA Director General David Howman speaking at Play the Game 2009. Photo (c) Jens Astrup/Play the Game


UCI’s role in the Armstrong doping scandal under investigation

07 December 2012

The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced last Friday that an investigation into its role in the Armstrong doping scandal will be undertaken by a three-member Independent Commission chaired by British judge Philip...[more]




Armstrong and the politicians: The whiff of a political scandal

19 October 2012

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency‘s reasoned decision in its case against Lance Armstrong gives a detailed picture of doping practices in professional cycling. But there is much more to the case than has yet been released...[more]




Members of international research network call on WADA to reconsider ban on certain drugs

19 October 2012

The call comes from 19 members of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research (INHDR) and urges the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reconsider its ban on certain recreational drugs, such as marijuana and other...[more]


Researchers urge WADA to reconsider ban on marijuana. Photo (c) Drome 


USADA brings doping charges against Armstrong

14 June 2012

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has brought formal doping charges against Lance Armstrong, Washington Post reveals. The seven-time Tour de France winner has been immediately banned from all competitions and stands to lose his...[more]


Lance Armstrong. Photo: jdegenhardt/Flickr


FIFA ‘alarmed’ at record positive clenbuterol tests in Mexico

19 October 2011

FIFA has revealed that a record number of athletes tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol at the Under-17 football World Cup in Mexico this year.[more]


FIFA's revelation that meat contamination could have led to over 100 positive clenbuterol tests poses a considerable challenge to WADA.


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